The Bar Standards Board published its second Annual Report to the Board on Bar Training covering the period from September 2022 to November 2023 on Tuesday 5 December along with a further report giving detailed statistics on enrolment, results and student progression by course provider.

Commenting on the Bar Standards Board's Annual Report on Bar Training, Nick Vineall KC, Chair of the Bar Council, said:

"We welcome the publication of this report and the transparency it provides about the different Bar Training Course providers. Prospective students will be well advised to study the report and to note the variation in pass rates before deciding whether to apply and, if so, to which course provider. 

"There are some strikingly low success rates at some institutions for candidates with lower second-class degrees, and the report shows that UK students with a 2:2 have a less than one in four chance of ever progressing to pupillage.  On the other hand, academically strong candidates can take comfort from the fact that, overall, around 60% of candidates with a first eventually secure a pupillage. The report helpfully includes a chart showing what proportion of students from 2017-2021 had commenced pupillage by November 2023 for each institution so prospective students can then make an informed decision.”